Photo: Peter Buchanan-Smith

I restored our barn last fall and finally learned how to make a door, pictured above (it all starts with a perfectly square frame). Since I built my door I admit I can’t quite get enough of it. A few times I’ve caught myself lacing up my boots, going out…


Inside my mustard labratory

I had no business plan, no desire to disrupt the condiments market. My plan was simple: to make mustard. I had never made mustard. Like soap, shoes, or underwear, I was conditioned to buy mustard off a shelf. But I loved mustard. Who could stop me from making it?

This…


A meaningful fire (photo: Peter Buchanan-Smith)

I believe in things within arm’s reach, things that are so familiar they are almost invisible. My first book Speck was devoted to the discovery of extraordinary qualities in these ordinary things. About 10 years after Speck I founded Best Made, a company devoted to the mother of all ordinary…

Peter Buchanan-Smith

Designer, entrepreneur, and author. I live in the Catskill Mountains and write about design, work, and life up here.

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